“I apprised Secretary John Kerry of cross border terrorism by Pakistan. There can't be double standards in combating terror”, said Sushma Swaraj.

In her initial remarks, Swaraj stressed on the need to enhance cooperation in counter-terrorism, saying ‘Pakistan should withdraw safe havens provided to LeT, Jaish-e-Mohammad and D-Company. There cannot be good terrorists or bad terrorists’.

We both agreed that nations must not act as sanctuaries and safe havens for terrorist organizations, added Swaraj.

On another part,John Kerry noted that the two countries have deepened their cooperation in defence, energy, cyber security and combating cross-border terrorism.

We cannot and will not distinguish between good and bad terrorists, said John Kerry.


Apart from bilateral issues, substantive discussions were held on important regional and global developments including the security situation. The US was looking forward to finalise a cyber framework that will help the two countries protect from new global cyber threats, he said.

He further said the US would want its civil nuclear cooperation with India to take shape in setting up of reactors that deliver reliable electricity to Indian households.

Also read: Sushma Swaraj Meets US Secretary Of State John Kerry For Annual Dialogue

During the 2nd Indo-US Strategic and Commercial Dialogue (S&CD), co-chaired by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman along with US Secretary of State John Kerry and US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker here, the two sides also discussed ways to enhance cooperation in key areas of energy and trade and business. The co-chairs were accompanied by high-level inter-agency delegations.



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